The Green Deal: your response

With the launch of the Green Deal last month, we’ve been fielding a high volume of calls and enquiries at Darren Evans Assessments. We’re delighted that so many of our customers want to participate in and become beneficiaries of the Green Deal. We hope it will help many properties around the UK become more energy efficient.

To answer the most frequently asked question we’ve received: while the Government has launched and publicised the Green Deal, several key processes have not yet been finalised. The software required to log Green Deal Assessment Reports has not yet been completed, and the financial packages to fund the Deal are not yet in place. This means that although we’re keen to pass Green Deal benefits on to our customers, at the moment we’re unable to do so. We hope that this will change as soon as possible, but we can only wait for news from the governing body behind the Green Deal.

As soon as we hear more, we’ll update our Facebook page and Twitter account, so please follow us there. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the Green Deal, you can refer to our Green Deal FAQs post, here.

Of course, if you have a question we haven’t addressed online, please do contact us on 01454 317940 or enquiries@darren-evans.co.uk. And if there’s a topic you’d like us to address in-depth here on the blog, please drop us a line by email.

Government considers council tax cuts for energy efficiency

For the first time, the Government is considering linking council tax bands to the level of energy efficiency in the home. Following the introduction of the Green Deal, savings would be passed on to homes where a Green Deal Assessment has been conducted. It appears that only the assessment would need to be completed, not the whole Green Deal finance package, in order to qualify.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, said that he had ‘campaigned for a green tax switch to incentivise energy saving. Now we need renewed vigour for that smarter tax. I’ll be working with [Buildings Minister] Don Foster to look at Council Tax discounts for energy efficiency to see if they will encourage people to sign up for the Green Deal’.

Although tax breaks to reward energy efficiency have been considered before, if the measure is approved it will be the first time these plans have been implemented. If you’d like to know more about the Green Deal, or how Darren Evans Assessments can help improve the energy efficiency of your home, call us on 01454 317940, or email enquiries@darren-evans.co.uk.

More details on the Green Deal cash back scheme

The Government has made up to £125 million available in a cash back scheme for people that take up Green Deal installations. This scheme is designed on a first-come, first-served basis, with those taking up the Green Deal early being rewarded the most. The amount of cash back that is available for each installation is outlined in Table 1 below. These cash back amounts will be reviewed once the first £40 million has been awarded to Green Deal customers; it is expected that the scheme will remain in place once this money has been spent, although the cash back amounts are likely to be reduced.

According to the Energy Secretary, Edward Davey:

“The Green Deal will provide unprecedented choice for consumers wanting to improve their homes and make them more energy efficient. This cash back offer will help get the Green Deal off to a flying start. It really is a great offer – the more work households have done, the more energy they stand to save and the more cash they receive.”

Homeowners need apply for the cash back voucher, as it is not sent automatically. To qualify for the cash back, homeowners must:

·         Have a Green Deal Assessment carried out on the property;

·         Obtain and agree quotes from a Green Deal Provider;

·         Apply for the cash back voucher online or by phone;

·         Receive the voucher confirming the cash back;

·         Complete the Green Deal works within the specified period;

·         Redeem the voucher providing evidence of the completed works.

Homeowners must arrange for the work to be completed through a Green Deal Provider, however the work is financed – whether through private funding or Green Deal finance – if they are to qualify for the cash back. Homeowners can only make one claim for cash back but the claim can cover a number of improvements recommended on the Green Deal Scheme. The amount of cash back that can be received will be capped at 50 per cent of the home owner’s installation costs.

Table 1. Cashback amounts available (first £40 million).

Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change, here

We are hand-picking a nationwide network of elite Green Deal Advisors so that we can provide a top-quality local service to the widest possible area in the UK. We hope that this will enable us to keep the costs down and the service levels high. We will be offering a service that guides homeowners through the Green Deal process and, if required, helps the homeowner take the completed Green Deal Assessment Report to the installer and provider to complete the Green Deal process.

There has been no update this week on when the software package and Green Deal Advisor Reports are likely to be completed, but we will let you know as soon as this changes.

Darren Evans Assessments is fully qualified as a Green Deal Advisor Organisation, which means that we can lodge any Green Deal Assessment for any Green Deal Assessor throughout the country. All assessments need to be lodged, not by the advisor, but by a Green Deal Advisor Organisation like ourselves. We also now have Green Deal Assessment capability in-house, so we will have real, hands-on assessor experience to draw upon and can help with any questions or concerns that arise during the Green Deal Assessment process.

We continue to provide updates on the Green Deal and on our Green Deal service on our blog (http://www.darren-evans.co.uk/index.php/blog/blog). We are also making comments and providing updates on Twitter and Facebook. We’d be delighted if you follow us there.

We hope that our blog and social media updates will help you make the right decisions so that the Green Deal can make a big difference to the warmth and energy efficiency of your home or business.

 

Green Deal Quick Guides from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Just a quick update to make sure everyone knows about the great quick guides that have been developed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on different aspects of the Green Deal. They can be viewed or downloaded via this link.

If you have any further questions on the Green Deal, or you would like us to take your property details so we can undertake a Green Deal Assessment on your property, please give us a call on 01454 317 940 or contact us on email.

Please also see other blogs or posts on our Facebook page and Twitter account.